Israel will respect past deals

2009-05-27 16:01

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told parliament on Wednesday that his government would respect past accords with the Palestinians. 

He told MPs: “The government that I’m heading will respect deals signed between preceding governments with the Palestinians. 

"At the same time, we expect that the others also respect their commitments. 

"We want reciprocity in order to put an end to the conflict."

Netanyahu, whose largely right-wing government was sworn in on March 31, has so far failed to publicly endorse the creation of the Palestinian state, which has been the basis of all international peacemaking efforts for the past 20 years.

Among past Israeli-Palestinian accords is the 2003 international "roadmap" plan that foresees the creation of a Palestinian state.